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Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort
Ranked #10 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
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“Our return visit was just as great as the first”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

This was my second time staying at Anantara Lawana. Overall I wanted to share that the standards, service and overall experience was just as good and maybe even better than our first visit. Lars, the General Manager, was very welcoming and his team really made our stay special with their friendliness and willingness to provide some excellent service. If you are going to Koh Samui, then I recommend a stay at Anantara Lawana.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear DylanC,

It is certainly always a great pleasure having you staying with us and my team and I are looking forward welcoming you back hopefully very soon.

With best regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Lovely place, fabulous rooms, service just excellent. Loved the buttons on the beach to request the waiters. Location great with peace and tranquility and 5 minutes taxi to the madness that is central Chaweng. Minor niggles with service at breakfast on a couple of occasions and the wifi was frustratingly poor but overall this is a lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear sdw1759,

Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Please accept our apology for the challenges with the internet connection. We upgraded the entire system during your stay which caused some unexpected system downtimes. The good news is that future guests will enjoy a faster and more stable internet connection.

We are looking forward welcoming you back to your Paradise!

With best regards

Lars Kerfin
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The hotel is superb with little villas across the resort. The ambiance is very quiet and peaceful. The pool and sea are very nice, staff very friendly and helpful. This was our honeymoon and a perfect place. We would have appreciate an upgrade as the hotel wasn't full but other than that, it is a very nice resort I would recommend.
The breakfast was definitely a key feature as it was excellent, in an outdoor restaurant overlooking the sea.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear BeneLou75,

Thank you very much for staying with us and sharing your compliments here on TripAdvisor.

I am sorry that it didn’t work out with the complimentary upgrade but appreciate to hear that you still enjoyed your stay with us.

With best regards

Lars Kerfin
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is a resort spread over some area – not a one building hotel. The two lower cost room types are the "deluxe" and "plunge pool". These are all located in two story units ,the deluxe at the upper. We ordered the "deluxe" and upon arriving were offered to upgrade to Plunge Pool at no cost . After observing the two units we decided to stay with the deluxe , as it seemed more practical for us . It seems none of these has sea view .
Room is nice having a big balcony and a big bath area that includes double sized bath, and a shower. Only the room area is air-conditioned . The bath area could use a fan .
Breakfast is excellent buffet, with large and high quality food , fruits, shakes , and juices.
Nice pool near the beach and beds all around and on beach. The beach is quite, but nothing special else .
Transport :
They offer you airport ride at 500BT and above. Any taxi will gladly do it for no more that 200. For taxi ride to/from the center area of the Chaweng with all shops , don’t agree to pay more that 100BT. This is a bit more that a kilometer distance.
Noise :
You might need ear plugs in the morning as there is some birds noise.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Arie S,

Thank you for your feedback and the review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Please feel free contacting me directly should you plan to return to Koh Samui. You have to share your negotiation skills with the local taxi drivers with me… even as a local I can’t get them down to those prices, therefore my congratulations.

With best regards

Lars Kerfin
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

My husband and I stayed at Anatara Lawana in Koh Samui for our honeymoon. After one night in the busy and bustling city of Bangkok, Anatara was a welcomed relief.

Upon arrival we were greeted with a delicious drink and from start to finish during our stay the service was impeccable.

We were offered an upgrade on our room for a small cost and after viewing our original room and the upgrade we could not refuse! We would have been quite disappointed with our original booking of the 'Deluxe Plunge Pool Room' because it did not offer the privacy that you imagine when staying in a room with a private pool. These rooms are set on the side of sloping hill and the room we were meant to stay in was on the lower side of the hill and above our room and pool was another room with a balcony that over looked our pool. After seeing this room we were shown to the 'Seaview Pool Villa'. The room was so amazing you couldn't even compare it to the other rooms!

We stayed in the Anatara Seaview Pool Villa and were amazed at the room, private pool and view! It was picture perfect- everything you could hope for when on a honeymoon or romantic getaway!

The food was amazing! The beach was pretty! The room and private pool were definitely our favourite part of the whole experience. I would definitely pay the extra again for the privacy that the Seaview Pool Villa offered.

We paid a bit extra and had a private dinner set up on the beach infront of the hotel which was incredible! The sort of things you see on the movies or advertisements for romantic places. It really was a magical place!

Sadly, the city or town of Koh Samui is nothing special, in fact, we found it quite sad leaving the luxury of the resort. As soon as you step out onto the street, there is rubbish, terrible sewer like smells combined with the poverty. We ventured out a couple of times to see the town and to get suits made for my husband (the resort will recommend somewhere that is legit- make sure you go through them, you pay a bit more but they won't con you!). We were always relieved to see our resort again.

Room Tip: Anatara Seaview Pool Villa = AMAZING! Very private! Be careful with the other rooms that you don...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Dear mjc08,

Congratulations on your honeymoon again and thank you for chosing us as your honeymoon resort!

In defense of our Plunge Pool rooms I have to say that the comparison to an Anantara Sea View Pool Villa is a bit unfair considering the price difference ;-) Nevertheless, I can assure you that any privacy concerns in our Plunge Pool rooms are quickly addressed in case they should occur. Usually visually a privacy is given.

I’m also happy to hear that you enjoyed our special Dining by Design on the beach and had a dinner you won’t forget so easily!

My team and I are looking forward welcoming you back to our resort.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
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Karachi, Pakistan
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

This is one of the best hotels we stayed at in Thai land.
The staff is outstanding in attending to service call. The break fast was just on the beach along with the beautiful infinity pool.
however they do not have the hard bedding for people with back problems.

Room Tip: The one with terrace has the better view , you get the airconditioned room yet have the previlege of...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Dear Zulfiqar2014,

Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back and we would be pleased to arrange you a hard mattress for that next stay.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
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aussie returning
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

There is so much you can't learn - even from TripAdvisor.

We booked a room with a plunge pool. It was SO far from the room to the main restaurant and beach, especially when my wife was unwell. We walked there [downhill] and the hotel, on request, sent a buggy to bring us back to the room].

I asked about a room closer to the restaurant and we were asked if we wanted to pay for an upgrade.

The food was well presented but the range not five star.

The room was well air-conditioned and that was obviously appreciated. But is was also a little small and lacked storage. it would have been nice to have had a chest of drawers to put our clothes in. It would have been GREAT to have somewhere to sit other than on the bed.

To be honest the Amari seemed better - and we visited friends there.

But two major positives. Thank you for the early check-in. And thanks to the kind hearted staff that seem to be everywhere in Thailand.

Room Tip: If you are older or infirm, check the rooms closer to the pool, beach and restaurant.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Dear Comparisons,

Thank you very much for staying with us and sharing your feedback with us.

During your stay in April we have experienced some periods with very high occupancy which made it difficult to move rooms if a location was not meeting someones expectations. I am glad to see that my team still offered you options, even though they were only possible in higher room categories at additional charge.

I am also glad to hear that our priority of high quality food products was to your satisfacton but was surprised that the variety did not meet the same, especially when considering previous reviewers comments. We are always glad about any constructive feedback and I am confident that if there were any items that you’ve been missing in our restaurants that my team would have made all efforts to make them available to you on short notice.

The same accounts for your request of additional storage space that we would have happily provided in your room upon your request.

Thank you as well for complimenting my team which I certainly will share with them.

We hope being able welcoming you back one day and work together with you addressing your comments prior your arrival.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
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Property: Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort
Address: 92 / 1 Moo 2, North Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort and Spa)
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Chaweng
#7 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#7 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
#7 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#14 Family Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the quiet, pristine northern end of Chaweng Beach, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort & Spa offers peerless luxury Koh Samui accommodation just steps away from the ocean. Watch the sun rise over Samui’s palm forested coastline. Recline in rooms and suites inspired by the island’s original Chinese merchant settlers. Experience the perfect romantic dinner for two in a setting of your choice, accompanied by the freshest international cuisine.With room sizes starting at 61 square metres, Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa provides leading island resort accommodation. From the luxuriously appointed rooms and spacious Koh Samui pool villas to the resort’s communal facilities and restaurants, each guest is treated to the finest in services and amenities. Take a dip in the beachside infinity edge pool, dine in our treehouse restaurant overlooking the bay, or keep in touch with friends back home thanks to free Wi-Fi throughout the resort.While Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort & Spa’s location is quiet and tranquil, the buzz and excitement of Chaweng Beach lie just around the corner, with an array of international restaurants and local shops to take care of your every need. ... more   less 
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